Monday, May 3, 2010

Walt Disney Animation Studios Part 22: Winnie The Pooh

Series Intro: Series Intro: Here is Part 22 of a multi-part retrospective of Walt Disney Animation Studios' endeavors. They will mostly be in release date order, save for those that are not available on DVD at Netflix. (Numbers skipped will note missing movies that will be out of order).

Some background information: (compiled from Wikipedia and imdb and my own knowledge of the movie).

Official Title: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Release: March 11, 1977
Running Time: 74 minutes
Estimated Cost: n/a
Estimated Revenue: n/a
Overall Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5!!

Plot Summary:
Christopher Robin is a young boy who goes on adventures with this stuffed animals, who he imagines are alive and live in the Hundred Acres Woods.

Comprised of three shorts that are connected by a narrator who is reading a book to us. The movie opens in the real playroom of Christopher Robin. And a book is opened.

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree: Pooh likes honey and is in a quest with Christopher Robin to get some fresh honey, but the bees have other things in mind; and his quest is fruitless. Then Pooh visits Rabbit to see if he has honey. And boy does Pooh go crazy there. He eats so much he gets stuck in the hole. No one is able to get him out so Rabbit has to live with Pooh stuck in his door until Pooh can slender down!

Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day:On this windy Wednesday, Pooh visits his friends and wish them a happy “Winds-day.” Piglet gets caught up in the wind and onee safely down, Pooh returns home to meet Tigger! Tigger tells Pooh of the Heffalumps and Woozles, who like to steal honey. Pooh dreams of them in a psychedelic dream reminiscent of the Pink Elephants from Dumbo. The storm floods the Hundred Acre Woods, and Piglet needs saving as he is afloat in the flood. They all celebrate the ending of the flood with a party, where Eeyore announces he has found a new home for Owl (whose house fell down during the wind storm). Eeyore doesn’t understand that this new house is Piglet’s, but Piglet allows Owl to move in and he moved in with Pooh!

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!: Rabbit has had enough of Tigger bouncing on everyone! So he comes up with a plan to loose Tigger in deep in the woods. But in a cruel twist of fate, Rabbit gets himself, Piglet and Pooh lost instead! Until finally Tigger takes them all back home. But this has done nothing to curb Tigger’s bouncing. Tigger and Roo begin bouncing up a great tree, until finally they hit the top and Tigger discovers he’s afraid of height! The narrator tips the book to save Tigger, only after Tigger promises never to bounce again. But this hurts everyone, even Rabbit, and they allow Tigger to bounce again.

The story ends with Christopher heading off to school. He meets once more with Pooh at their special place before it’s time for Christopher to grow up. Christopher makes Pooh promise that they’ll remain friends, even when Christopher is 100. Pooh promises

* "Winnie the Pooh"
* "Up, Down and Touch the Ground"
* "Rumbly in My Tumbly"
* "Little Black Rain Cloud"
* "Mind Over Matter"
* "A Rather Blustery Day"
* "The Wonderful Things About Tiggers"
* "Heffalumps and Woozles"
* "The Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down"
* "Hip Hip Pooh-Ray!"

Winnie the Pooh! How fun this song is!

Plot Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Can’t get much better then this. This is what the packaged films of the 40s should have been. There was a lot of consistency between the shorts. All of the shorts were working towards a larger goal of pushing Christopher out of his childhood. The story was simple and easy to follow. They were lovable and I cared what happen to them.

Animation Rating: 4 out of 5

Wow! It’s great to see clean drawing again! I can hardly believe that these shorts were produced between ’66 and ’74 by the same people who were making the sloppy drawings of 101 Dalmations and Aristocats.

Although the backgrounds were overly simple, this only helped the idea that these stories are part of a book. The book is used throughout the movie as a connection between the “chapters” in the book. The soft water colors are reminiscent of Snow White.

What keeps this from getting the full 5 is that there were moments, when I still saw stray lines (usually just on Christopher Robin).

The Test of Time:

Yes! Sometimes I think Pooh has more of a following than Mickey! He’s everywhere! The whole gang from the Hundred Acre Woods make appearances in all the Magic Kingdoms around the world, and have several rides too.

Through the Modern Lens

It’s such a sad ending when Christopher Robin has to grow up and isn’t sure he’ll return to the Woods. This is telling of how fast we make children grow-up. Christopher is somewhere around the age of 5 and is expected to give up his childhood toys, but seems to have trouble and wonders if Pooh will still be with him when he is 100.

How come we insist that children put away their childhood toys and grow up.

Next Up:
The Rescuers


janice said...

Pooh likes honey and is in a quest with Christopher Robin to get some fresh honey, but the bees have other things in mind and his quest is fruitless.

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Davenz said...

Pooh visits Rabbit to see if he has honey..

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